How To Find Windows 8 (8.1) Product Key

If you are looking to install / reinstall windows 8 on your machine you will be required to enter a windows 8 product key to activate windows.  There are many ways to find the product key, I will list them all here.

How to find your windows 8 product key. If you bought a physical copy of windows 8 the product key should of come with the product on a label. With some machines the product key will be on a sticker on the machine.  Below I will show you how to find the product key.

Find Windows 8 Product Key

Below I will show you all the ways that you can find your windows 8 product key.

1. Sticker On Computer

If you purchased your computer / laptop with windows 8 pre-installed, then the product key should be on your machine.

You will need to find a sticker which should look like the one below.

windows 8 product code sticker

The sticker will be on either the base unit of your PC or on the back of your laptop.  Below is a picture I took that shows the product key sticker on may laptop.

windows 8 product key on laptop

Some times on laptops you will need to remove the covers and even remove the battery to get at the sticker.

2. Physical Copy

If you purchased a physical copy of windows 8 then a sticker or label would of come with the product. Typically you would of received the following

  • DVD
  • Sticker / Label with Windows 8 Product Key
  • Instructions
  • Packaging

3. Extract From OS

If you have windows 8 already installed you can extract the product key using free software called WinKeyFinder (Shown below)

winkeyfinder windows 8 product code

To use WinKeyFinder follow these steps

  1. Download the software from https://www.winkeyfinder.com/
  2. Unzip the downloaded file
  3. Double click on winkeyfinder.exe

To view a video on this process take a look at

4. Find Windows 8 Product Key Using CMD

To get the key via the command prompt (CMD) do the following

  • Click start and type in CMD
  • Right click on “Command prompt” and select run as administrator
  • If prompted click yes
  • In the command prompt window type in wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey

Your windows 8 product key will now be shown.

windows 8 product key via cmd

5. Find Windows 8 Product Key Using Powershell

To get the key via the powershell do the following

  • Click start and type in Powershell
  • Right click on “Powershell” and select run as administrator
  • If prompted click yes
  • In the command prompt window type powershell “(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey”

windows 8 product key via powershell

 

One comment on “How To Find Windows 8 (8.1) Product Key”

  1. John Garrett says:

    this saved me thanks, I thought I was going to have to purchase another product key

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